- I am preaching a series called “God’s Instructions on building His Church.” This series is focusing on 1 Corinthians.
- The bottom-line, the Church is built upon the foundation of the Cross of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection.
- My desire is to communicate that God wants His Church to rely upon Him by faith, as a group, instead of the wisdom of the world. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1:18). The local church as a group of people must make important decisions by faith. Remember, the way of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. In other words, when we trust God instead of our common sense, it will seem foolish to us and everyone around us. Faith in God is what matters.
- “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building” (3:9). In reference to the church being divided over whether to follow Paul, Apollos, or Cephas. These 3 were on the same team and God used them to work in His Church that should be united under the Holy Spirit. Think about how Paul described the church. “God’s field, God’s building.” God sends ministers in to work His field which is the church. This does not mean individuals, although it does eventually have to, but the church is God’s. The group submits to God’s doctrine. If the church does, then the world sees the love of Christ. Let me take a big step forward here. When the church as a group is under the influence of the Holy Spirit instead of the wisdom of the world, then Jesus Christ becomes Incarnate in this world that is looking for a Savior. Don’t believe me then check out Steven Hawking’s comments.
- When the church does not behave as the Incarnate Christ would, then the world is stuck in a rut looking for a Savior that it can believe in. For too long local churches have not portrayed the characteristic of Savior who gave Himself for the sake of the lost world. I fear that human wisdom controls Club Jesus churches all over the United States. When will the Church engage itself in the imperishable work instead of perishable agendas?
- I want to revisit a thought from an earlier post of mine a week ago. With our economy going so poorly, how important is it for the Church to behave like the town of Bethlehem during the time of the famine. This little town continued to follow God’s Law and still took care of the poor and the aliens.
- One last thing; we, the Church or the church, will be judged for what we have done to reveal the character of Christ, and what we have not done. I know this is controversial. Yet, there seems to be some accountability between the Church and God.
- Each one of us who lead churches have to decide if we will lead by faith or by common sense decisions. The bottom-line if God tells us in His Word what to do, we must do it. If God leads us to do something that requires us to sacrifice we must do it. We are His field and building.
What do you all think?